Chelsea McKelvey


Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Clemson University (Clemson, SC 2021-Present)
  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Auburn University (Auburn, AL 2018-2021)
  • Graduate Instructor, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX 2013-2017)


  • Ph.D., English, Southern Methodist University (2018)
  • M.A., English, King’s College London (2012)
  • B.A., English, University of Georgia (2010)
  • B.S.Ed., Secondary English Education, University of Georgia (2010)


  • “John Donne’s Scientific Observation of the Soul,” College Literature (forthcoming in 2022)
  • “Closet Catholicism, Private Entertainments, and Shakespeare in Seventeenth-Century Yorkshire,” in Reconceptualizing Renaissance Performance: Beyond the Public Stage (forthcoming in 2022)
  • “The Economics of Salvation in Early Modern Devotional Poetry,” in Religion in the Early Modern British Marketplace (forthcoming with Routledge in 2022)
  • “Queen Anne’s Body in Stuart Court Sermons,” Ben Jonson Journal 28.2 (2021)
  • “Video Responses as Sustained Analyses of Literary Texts” Sixteenth Century Journal 51.51 (2020)
  • Review of Spoken Word and Social Practice: Orality in Europe (1400-1700), Sixteenth Century Journal 48.2 (2017)
  • “The ‘Glorie, Might, & Maiestie’ of Early Modern Sermons,” Literature and Theology 28.1 (2013)
  • Note: “Corrections regarding William Loe’s ‘The King’s Sword,’” Notes and Queries 59.1 (2012)


  • “Sermons and Shakespeare: Spoken and Written Authorities in Much Ado About Nothing,” Southeastern Renaissance Conference (Online October 15-16, 2021)
  • “Close Reading and Active Learning with Lyric Poetry,” SCSC (St. Louis October 17-20, 2019)
  • “Knowing the Soul in John Bunyan’s Plain Style Allegory,” English Hour (Auburn University, February 13, 2019)
  • “The Work of Writing in Early Modern Devotional Poetry” RSA (Toronto March 17-19, 2019)
  • “Knowing God, Knowing Self: Protestant Penance in Spenser’s Faerie Queene,” International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo May 10-13, 2018)
  • “Closet Catholicism and Smokescreen Shakespeare at Gowthwaite Place,” RSA (New Orleans, March 22-24, 2018)

Professional Development

  • Faculty Institute, Clemson Thinks2 (Clemson University, June 6-8 and August 4, 2022)
  • Course (Re)Design Seminar, Biggio Center (Auburn University, Summer 2020)
  • Best Practices and Technology Skills for Teaching Online Workshop (Auburn University, Summer 2019)
  • Supporting Non-Native English Speakers in the University Classroom Workshop (Auburn University, Spring 2019)
  • Day of Digital Learning, Renaissance Society of America Conference (University of Toronto, March 2019)
  • Learning to Teach Online Web Course, Biggio Center (Auburn University, Fall 2018-Summer 2019)

Professional Service

  • Contributor, Canvas Course “Teaching Core Literature Online” (Auburn University, 2020-2021)
  • Panel organizer, “Suspicious Salvation in Early Modern England,” MLA (Austin, TX January 7-10, 2016)
  • Panel presider, “Bibliography and Textual Criticism,” SCMLA (Dallas, TX November 3-5, 2016)
  • President of English Graduate Organization (Southern Methodist University, Fall 2014-Spring 2015)
  • Vice President, English Graduate Organization (Southern Methodist University, Fall 2013-Spring 2014)
  • Editorial Assistant, Configurations (Johns Hopkins University Press, remote position Fall 2014-Spring 2015)
  • Conference Volunteer, SLSA (Dallas, TX October 9-12, 2014)

Awards & Honors

  • Hughes Dissertation Fellowship (Fall 2017-Spring 2018)
  • MLA Graduate Student Travel Grant (January 2016)
  • SMU Organization of Research and Graduate Studies Travel Grant (Summer 2016)
  • SMU Student Senate Travel Grant (Summer 2016)
  • Library and Information Science Scholarship (Fall 2010-Spring 2011)

Archival and Editing Experience

  • Research Assistant, Biographical project on escape narrative of formerly enslaved African America from South Carolina (Clemson, SC 2021-Present)
    Archival Volunteer, Special Collections, Auburn University (Auburn, AL Fall 2019-Spring 2020)
  • Contract Archivist, digitized catalog system for private collection of over 600 rare books (Dallas, TX Summer 2014)
  • Archival Intern, Created finding aids for De Renne family papers and Elizabeth Ford papers, University of Georgia Hargrett Rare Book Library (Athens, GA Summer 2012)
  • Archival Intern, Created finding aids for Letters to Sarah Siddons and Letters of Charles Kean, Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC Fall 2011)
  • Archival Intern, prepared new acquisitions and curated Winston Churchill’s letters for display in permanent gallery, British Library (London, UK Summer 2011)


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